The grand jury for Montserrado County has finally indicted 10 former employees of the First International Bank (FIB) in connection with the alleged disappearance of US$1.2 million, which was allegedly stolen from the bank.The accused were charged with the commission of the crime, money laundering, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and forgery.Those employees charged are Jermaine Tegli, head of operations, Beyan Dadzi, resident auditor, Richard Gboyah, head of operations, Victoria Yanguba, resident auditor, Africanus Freeman, cash officer and Kebbeh Kulah, also cash officer,Others include; Roberts Cummings, Angie Brooks, Aurelia Tamba and Ngadi Warity, all tellers of the bank.They are expected to go on trial in early November, according to the court document.The court document said that between the period January 2012 to February 2013, the defendants allegedly used withdrawal slips filled in, approved, signed and in some instances not signed and without the knowledge and participation of the customers diverted an amount of US$1,220,028.54 from the bank.It further alleged that Co-defendants Jermaine Tegil and Africanus Freeman, without any authorization, fraudulently used the bank’s manager’s checks account to withdraw the total amount of US$1,102,859.21.According to the document, co-defendant Africanus Freeman, who served as cash officer, posted an amount to the system in excess of amounts actually paid to MoniGram and Western Union’s customers and thereafter converted the amount fraudulently posted. The bank lost US$1,269,102.75.Co-defendants Robert Cummings, Jermaine Tegli, and Africanus Freeman converted to their own use and benefit the amount of US$8,924.29 which was in the custody of co-defendant Cummings as a teller and which was illegally withdrawn and paid out to co-defendant Freeman and Tegli upon their request for an IOU.Also on March 21, 2013, while counting money collected on March 21, 2013 in the vault, the defendants allegedly took US$248,309 and LD$40,349,285 (equivalent to US$576,418.36 at the rate of LD$70), which went missing from the vault of the bank without any authorization or document in support of its removal.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,The rules or guidelines for statutory interpretation are intended to ensure that ambiguities are avoided in order to give effect to a statute or law. However, many times, the statutes can be easily interpreted since the words have a plain and straightforward meaning, in other words, it says what it says.Unfortunately, the courts in its endeavour to give its interpretation, sometimes obfuscate the simple literal meanings and creates an entirely different meaning from that intended by the drafters of the Constitution. It must be borne in mind that the function of the courts is only to expound and not to legislate (GP Singh, Principles of Statutory Interpretation, page 4). However, it would seem that the Court of Appeal did just that in its interpretation of “majority” in Article 106.Article 106 (6) of our Constitution unambiguously states that “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”. On December 21, 2018, all the elected members voted on the no-confidence motion and 33 of the elected members voted in favour of that motion. The Constitution makes it clear that 65 members constitute the National Assembly. That is crystal clear and conclusive. Therefore, when the foregoing Article speaks about a “majority”, it is in respect of these 65 members. If the drafters of the Constitution had wanted this to be an “absolute majority”, the word “absolute” would have been inserted. Instead, they used the word “majority” which in its simple plain literal meaning means 33 or any amount above 33…34, 35, 36, etc from the total of 65.It is, therefore, submitted that the Appellate Court by its insertion of the word “absolute” has now created a new piece of legislation not intended by the drafters. They specifically provided for 65 members of the National Assembly to avoid any ambiguity or misinterpretation. Chief Justice George in her ruling on January 31 was absolutely correct when she ruled that, “In our 65-member National Assembly, a majority of all elected members, in accordance with the principle of ‘one over all rivals combine’, is the thirty-three (33) members”.I do hope that the PNC flag is not once again flying high above our courts and democracy has taken a sudden flight!Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor – Region Six
Hundreds of residents of Fendell Community in Louisiana Township are dislocated following the demolition of their residencies after a two week eviction notice expired.The ongoing demolition is being carried out by the Ministry of Public Works, through the authorization of the University of Liberia. According to the eviction letter issued on April 12, 2016 the demolition is intended to clear various alleys, which include the demolition of residential structures. The residents were warned to leave the premises to avoid problems during the exercise.Residents who spoke to this newspaper expressed frustration and disappointment in the UL authorities and the Liberian Government for overlooking a series of Memorandums of Understanding signed between UL/GOL and property owners. The land in question is said to be about 5,500 acres that property owners and the UL are disputing. The chairperson of the Fendell Land Working Committee, Madam Viola Lincoln, displayed a letter from the office of the late President William R. Tolbert dated in the 70s appealing to the people of Fendell for a portion of the land of their forefathers to be used for agricultural purposes.The letter requested for “relocation, compensation, empowerment opportunities for the people, and provision of safe drinking water, scholarship opportunities for the children,” among other benefits. But according to Madam Lincoln, the GOL “has not met up with those promises.”She further noted that when negotiating with UL/GOL, property owners agreed to leave under conditions that centered on compensation and relocation. ‘‘The government should be sincere to us and must look at our interest. We want development but let it come the right way and must not come overnight,’’ she contended.It may be recalled that in July 2015, the UL authorities through the Ministry of Public Works issued an eviction notice to residents that also claimed the attention of property owners in the area. As a result, property owners founded the Fendell Land Working Committee and took the issue to court. Madam Lincoln further clarified that in October 2015, the committee sought legal advice and took a class action suit that is yet to be decided in court.However, she said while the committee was finding the way forward, UL vice president for administration, Madam Weade Kobbah Wreh, called a town hall meeting and displayed documents from Civil Law Court ‘‘B’’ informing residents that the land is owned by the university and therefore as squatters, they should leave within fifteen days. A resident and property owner told this newspaper that it was shocking and unfortunate to have received an eviction notice from the Ministry of Public Works, having understood from landowners that the case was in court.Madam Kobbah Wreh has refuted claims that she is the driving force behind the demolition exercise. Professor Wreh said she has no authority to infringe on the rights of peaceful citizens. ‘‘It is important to know that the university is an institution that operates under the Liberian government and as such its mandate is directly from the government,” she said.Giving a brief history of the UL property she said the university has over 5,800 acres of land, which she claimed the government has already paid the people for. She noted that due to the UL’s delay in pursuing its property, some squatters have illegally sold about 2,200 acres “which is unacceptable and it is about time the government makes use of the property.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The United People’s Party (UPP) has declared that the fight for multi-party democracy it initiated in the ‘70s was to “make us strong not weak. It was to lift up our people not tear them down. It was to move our country forward not backwards. It was to bring out the best in us not the worst. So let us come together and show the world what we are truly made of. Let us come together and save our country.”Speaking at the party’s 5th National Conference in New Kru Town, Monrovia last Friday, the party’s National Chairman, T. Q. Harris, recounted the fateful day in 1975 when its founder Gabriel Baccus Matthews, right after graduation from the Long Island University, set for himself a national task of finding lasting solutions to Liberia’s chronic sociopolitical and economic problems.Mr. Harris said Mr. Matthews felt an obligation and asked himself the question: “What is the essence of my life if I cannot bring happiness to my people?” and said in search of this answer, the first came when Matthews went to the Liberian Community Association meeting that was taking place at the home of Mr. Hilary Gibson in the Bedford Stuyvesant Section of Brooklyn, New York, where the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) was organized in 1975.Harris said the second answer to the question (with “my” changed to “our”), “What is the essence of our lives if we cannot bring happiness to our people?” came years later with the formation of the Progressive People’s Party – the first major grassroots opposition political party that challenged the 102-year rule of the True Whig Party. “We see no reason why a child should go to bed hungry in this country; we see no reason why a child should be denied an education; we see no reason why a father who is willing to work cannot find a job to provide for his family,” Harris said, adding that “For us, we see no reason why our cities, towns and villages have no electricity, safe drinking water and clinics. We see no reason why this country is producing rubber in abundance but cannot produce rice, cassava, yams, and plantains in large quantities.” “We just cannot understand how tons of natural rubber is produced here in Liberia, yet we are incapable of producing tires, slippers, insulators, or something as simple as a condom. This bizarre production-consumption pattern of producing what we do not eat and eat what we do not produce has to change! And change it will under the UPP government.”He appealed to opposition parties to create a new order for a new day in Liberia, “one in which all citizens will have a vested interest in preserving rather than uprooting and destroying… a new order in which prosperity for all will be the cornerstone of national development and progress. And this new order must be built on political stability.” He told delegates that for many in the UPP, “the essence of our lives is to bring happiness to the Liberian people, to give them peace and stability, and to end the misery.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
As we enter Phase 2 of the Economic Action Plan, we WILL continue to roll out the remaining stimulus projects. However, we are also planning for deficit reduction once the economy has recovered, and we’re building a strong foundation for job creation and economic growth. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that Canada’s economic growth will be at the head of the G7 in 2010 and 2011. It says that in 2011 Canada will lead ALL G7 countries. This coming week I am looking forward to attending events, meetings and announcements, including Olympic Torch celebrations, in communities right across our huge riding. And throughout the next month I will continue, like the rest of my Cabinet and caucus colleagues, to consult with Canadians on YOUR priorities. The IMF says stimulus efforts by governments, including those implemented by our Conservative Government here in Canada, are “driving the global rebound” and recommends that “the fiscal stimulus planned for 2010 should be fully implemented”. The court ruled that these advertising expenses claimed by 67 Conservative candidates, including me, were legitimate and ordered Elections Canada to certify those expenses. This confirms our party’s firm belief that we’ve always adhered to Canada’s elections law in our campaign advertising.Advertisement What’s more, it was a decision to dismiss “with costs”. So now the CWB will now have to explain why it spent western farmers’ hard-earned money employing a team of high-priced lawyers for over three years on a frivolous case. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Conservative Government … ‘Right’ Again”- Advertisement – So much for the January Winter blahs. I have had a very busy, productive and engaging month meeting with individuals, businesses, and industry and employee groups keen to contribute their ideas for a prosperous future for British Columbia and Canada. Plus, this past week brought welcome news on a variety of fronts. In other news, the well-publicized court case between Elections Canada and the Conservative Party of Canada finally came to a merciful end. The Conservative Party won a decisive victory in a Federal Court over Elections Canada regarding election advertising expenses from the 2006 federal election. You recall it was dubbed the “in and out” advertising scandal by the national media. And in another courtroom over the past week, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear the Canadian Wheat Board’s case against our Conservative Government. It upheld the Federal Court of Appeal’s earlier ruling that the government was well within its rights to direct the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to not spend farmers’ hard-earned money on pro-Wheat Board propaganda. However, celebration is pre-mature. We’re not out of the woods yet and our government won’t be satisfied that we’re on the road to recovery until we’ve recouped the job losses we’ve incurred through this global crisis. The Conservative Government has always maintained that the CWB should stick to its mandate of marketing grain. It should NOT spend farmer’s money on lobbying farmers for its political purposes. This reaffirms that Canada’s Economic Action Plan is helping to stabilize the economy and is enabling Canada to weather the current global economic challenges better than nearly every other industrialized country! Welcome news indeed for Canadians.Advertisement
Brooker remains in custody. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – A preliminary hearing in Whittier Court for a 27-year-old El Monte man charged in the traffic death of a 20-year-old California High School graduate was postponed Wednesday until May 2. William Brooker is charged with murder, hit-and-run and driving under the influence in the death of Rosanna Garcia of South Whittier, who was killed in November when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Brooker hit her car at Bloomfield and Florence avenues in unincorporated Whittier. According to police, just before the collision officers had chased the pickup truck as it drove south on Santa Fe Springs Road, which turns into Bloomfield. The truck entered the intersection driving at 90 mph and hit the driver’s side of Garcia’s Honda Accord. She was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where she died, police reported. On Wednesday, Brooker’s defense attorney requested and was granted more time to prepare for his preliminary hearing.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Professional Firefighters Association raised $40,000 at the 2016 Fort St John Firefighters Charity Ball.Fire Department Shift Captain Brent Morgan says each year they raise money for the B.C. Professional Firefighters Burn Fund. Morgan says this year was one of the best years yet.“It was a great turnout. We actually had 320 people buy tickets which was our biggest attendance we’ve had in the eight years that we’ve been running the ball.”The Fort St. John Burn Fund helps fund many different projects and events such as car washes, pancake breakfasts, and BBQ’s. Money is used locally for things like new equipment for hospitals and programs to teach kids about being responsible for their safety.- Advertisement -Morgan wants to thank those who took the time to come to the ball and also those who donated to make the night a success.“We want to thank everyone that came, donated, sponsored, and supported us over the last 8 years. I know that it has been a tough year for a lot of people and companies and we just really appreciate everything everyone has done for us.”Advertisement
“Both halves were tricky,” Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Movistar.“Girona have a good collective game, they started well got an early goal and could have had another,” said Lopetegui.“Then we got two penalties. We deserved them because we were playing to win and had a hatful of chances,” said the former Spain manager, sacked on the eve of Russia 2018 after his deal with Madrid was revealed.“We kept calm under pressure and played well enough in the second half to deserve the victory. We were flying forwards too quickly in the first half, we were too keen to attack,” he said.“We were calm and clear and had plenty of space. When we have that this team gets going, it works and the goals start to flow,” he said.“This time it was Gareth, Karim and Sergio, but we don’t mind who gets them as long as we get them,” he said.Real Madrid have yet to sign a direct replacement for the Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who switched to Juventus in July after scoring 450 goals in 438 games over nine seasons at the club.Lopetegui left World Cup final stars Luka Modric and Rafael Varane on the bench, and also stunned observers by pulling off veteran left-back Marcelo on the hour.Spanish daily Marca said Lopetegui “Proved he was in charge” and was not “afraid to make unpopular decisions for the best of the team.There was no start either for Thibaut Courtois who joined the club from Chelsea, Real’s major summer signing had to watch the popular Costa Rican Keylor Navas turn in a solid game in goal.“We have tried to explain it but it isn’t easy, that much is clear,” said the new coach. “I have two great goalkeepers. Three if you count Kiko Casilla.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored twice Sunday as Real Madrid get used to life without Ronaldo © AFP / Pau BarrenaMADRID, Spain, Aug 27 – Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui insisted after a come from behind 4-1 win at Girona that a “keep calm under pressure” attitude would deliver the goals previously scored by the prolific but now departed Cristiano Ronaldo.Seeking their second win of the new La Liga season the European champions fell behind before a brace from Karim Benzema and further goals from Sergio Ramos and Welsh star Gareth Bale saw Madrid eventually cruise to three precious points.
“It will be fantastic; it will be great to see the fans come and support the team. We are on the way and we need the 12th player in Kasarani on Sunday, and please they should come in red jersey,” the French tactician told Capital Sport on Thursday evening after the team jetted back from Ethiopia.He has also thanked the government for the move, but has also asked them not to limit their support to the team to sunny days only, but to be there as well when the rain beats.“Of course if all the people firstly the government can support us it would be fantastic. I would like just to tell them, help us but not only when the victory is there, because when you have good results you have a lot of friends but you are alone when it’s more difficult,” the tactician further said.Stars picked up a barren draw from the first leg in Bahir Dar in a full-to-capacity stadium with almost 70,000 fans reported to have attended the match.Skipper Victor Wanyama lauded the players for the character they showed to play under such testing atmosphere and has called on the Kenyan fans to counter that on Sunday.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne addressing journalists at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Ethiopia on October 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was an intimidating atmosphere but the players really stood up to it and gave their best. I want to ask our fans to also turn out in large numbers and support us because we need them,” Wanyama further stated.Meanwhile, Football Kenya Federation (FKF) boss Nick Mwendwa who was with the team in Ethiopia says he has spoken to the CS Rashid Echesa who informed him of the decision, directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.The Federation chief says they will make plans for adequate security arrangements, knowing the logistical nightmare that a huge crowd for the 60,000-seater stadium might bring.“I am glad that the President has given the directive and he is now on board saying that he is part of the process and the boys are happy he has done so. We want to see fans in their colors and we will be making arrangements for the day. We will have enough security and entertainment for the day. We want to have support like we have never had before,” Mwendwa said.At the same time, striker Michael Olunga has promised fans victory as he urged them to come in their droves as the team looks to get into the Cup of Nations for the first time in 14 years.“It is a lot of motivation to have the fans coming in because every player wants to play with a full stadium and support. I thank the government for this initiative and I want to ask them to continue supporting the team and motivating the players,” Olunga noted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars players arrive at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Ethiopia on October 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 11 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne and skipper Victor Wanyama have welcomed the government’s directive to open up Sunday’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Ethiopia free to fans.Migne – who since his first briefing after being appointed as head coach has always called on fans to support the team – says it will be brilliant for the players to play under huge home support having seen the Ethiopians fill up the Bahir Dar Stadium in the first leg on Wednesday.
1 Robbie Brady The Republic of Ireland grabbed the ascendancy in their Euro 2016 play-off despite Edin Dzeko’s late equaliser in Bosnia.In an encounter that’s entirety was threatened by a dense blanket of fog that descended after half time, the Irish survived intense first-half pressure before taking the lead through Robbie Brady with eight minutes remaining.Former Manchester City man Dzeko turned home a leveller just three minutes later but Martin O’Neill’s side hold the advantage with Brady’s away goal ahead of Monday’s return leg in Dublin.With several players, including the likes of John O’Shea and Shane Long, sidelined through suspensions and injuries, O’Neill fielded a depleted line up in Zenica.After a cagey opening 25 minutes, Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic began to grow into the game as the Irish sat back and looked happy to absorb pressure.But the hosts were guilty of squandering two clear openings before half time, with Ervin Zukanovic wasting a free header and Vedad Ibisevic volleying into the side netting.The visibility worsened significantly after half time with the contest’s duration cast into serious doubt.With both sets of players evidently struggling with the conditions chances were at a premium until Brady’s opener.The Norwich winger switched sides to the right, chopped back inside and arrowed a fine strike past Asmir Begovic at the Chelsea goalkeeper’s near post eight minutes from time.The Irish joy was shortlived though, as Dzeko illustrated his clinical finishing credentials by capping a flowing move to grab the equaliser with just five minutes remaining.The visitors, however, valiantly survived a late onslaught, knowing a win or a 0-0 draw in Dublin will see them reach next summer’s finals in France.